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Modern Wizards Aleister Crowley and Pat  Robertson

Modern Wizards Aleister Crowley and Pat Robertson

When we think of wizards we usually think of the grand wizards of myth and fiction.  The first names that come to mind could be the legendary Merlin, or the LOTR’s Gandalf, or Harry Potter’s Dumbledore.  Wizard literally means “wise man”, and these characters accurately symbolize that archetype.  I would include characters like Star Wars’ Yoda in this too. 

Merlin and King Arthur

Merlin and King Arthur

What are their characteristics?  They are all deep in wisdom, they are mentors to young protagonists, and they wield a powerful influence on their surroundings.  Their magical abilities seem secondary to their wisdom and political influence.  They seem to prefer working behind the scenes, inspiring others to achievement.  It seems the wizards who try to directly control events are the evil wizards, like Voldemort or Saruman.  Perhaps the wise wizard understands that power is best used indirectly to inspire and not to control.

The classic wizard seems to be inspired by the mythic Norse god Odin in the visage of the Wanderer.  The wanderer Odin would be disguised wearing a robe and the broad rimmed hat and carrying a staff, and interact with mortals who did not realize that the god was in their midst.  Odin seems tp be the original pagan model for Father Christmas, also Santa Claus.  If we examine Santa Claus, he seems to be a bit of a wizard himself.  Santa has magical abilities and rules over elves!

John Dee and Queen Elizabeth

John Dee and Queen Elizabeth

The wizard is a powerful fictional archetype.  Did the wizard actually exist in real life?  Who are the historical wizards?  By wizard I don’t only mean practitioners of ceremonial magic, but those who also had a measure of fame and political influence.  There were a few.  Nostradamus consulted for French royalty and Catherine de Medicis queen consort for the King of France.  Grigori Rasputin held sway over Russian Tsar Nicholas II.  The famed occultist John Dee was a consultant to Queen Elizabeth I.  For a glimpse of John Dee in film, check “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” where the character John Dee appears consulting for Elizabeth. 

In modern times we had mystics like Arthur Edward Waite and the infamous Aleister Crowley.  We also have the modern wizardry of stage magic.  We could consider Houdini as something of a modern wizard.  Yet, in the modern era, nobody really comes close to the legendary version of the wizard.  Heads of state don’t consult their astrologers anymore…do they? 

I will toss out an idea of who might be our modern day wizards.  I consider television evangelists to be very similar to wizards.  How so?  Some televangelists claim supernatural powers.  They claim direct communication with God.  They predict the future and have access to secret knowledge through “words of knowledge” and even turn aside hurricanes.  I have seem them perform these feats on television with my very own eyes!  They claim miraculous healing powers and can cause the lame to get out of their wheelchairs.  Again, I have seen this happen on TV!  They possess great wisdom about the true nature of the world.   For instance, they know for a fact that events like Hurricane Katrina was a direct punishment on New Orleans for its wicked ways, and that AIDs was God’s punishment on gays.  And above all, the modern televangelists have huge political sway.   Political parties serve at their command.  They are policy counselors to our great politicians, very much like Merlin was with King Arthur, or Gandalf with Aragorn, or John Dee with the Queen.  The great Wizards are still among us today!


  1. Raymond Says:

    Sometimes miracles backfire. I have heard of church attendees with disabilities who have stopped going because the “healing” was pressed upon them with ministers jerking them to their feet amid loud declarations that they RISE AND WALK.

  2. David Says:

    Hi Raymond,
    Another thing that helps some televangelists perform their miracles are wireless devices! I heard about how people hurt themselves after their “healing”; they drop their crutches and dance around…but once the cameras were gone they were in agony.

  3. Arlene deWinter Says:

    Maybe the true wizard is TV. It can make miracles appear where there are none, and cast glamor and illusion spellbinding us all. What would our televangelists and politicians do without it?
    As for Dee and company — imagine they had had TV?
    Thanks again for a lovely post!

  4. David Says:

    Arlene, I did not mention the greatest wizard of all…the Wizard of Oz! The Wizard of Oz had something like a TV…his device was full of smoke and mirrors to confuse the masses. “Don’t look behind that curtain!”

  5. Michael J Says:

    A “REAL” Modern day wizard is,without a doubt, Oberon Zell-Ravenheart! He is truly a genuine Wizard!

  6. Michael J Says:

    Saying that true wizards do not exist, is like saying true witches do not exsist. coming from an Apprentice Wizard as myself. The true function of a wizard is to serve. I think the best modern example of a wizard would be in the form of my mentor, Oberon Zell-Ravenheart. He is truely a wise wizard!

  7. David Says:

    Hi Michael,

    There could be wizards among us. Recently I’ve been checking out some of Deepak Chopra’s DVDs about “The Way of the Wizard” which are an interesting approach to the topic. But to my way of thinking a proper wizard is defined by political influence along with spiritual powers. What is Gandalf without Aragorn, or Merlin without Arthur? Today’s wizards are characters like Glenn Beck who have the power to hypnotize the masses with his eloquence. LOTR’s Saruman was an evil wizard who had the power of his hypnotic voice. If Beck is a modern Saruman…who are his orcs?


  8. Doug Says:

    The evil wizards seek fame and power indeed; like on TV? Subtle are the ways of the wise, and so to of the best wisecracker.

    With the televangelists, however, you may be confusing Wizards with Clerics. I will get out my Players Handbook and take a look. 😉

  9. Brent Says:

    titles of wizards great sages ,The Merlin the Buddha The Christ, the old man(lao tzu) these are titles of people that reached enlightenment , stepped through there doorway into another dimension and witnessed the truth of creation and themselves. they also know the rules for manifesting experiences, they know how important it is not to be trapped in the past with the negative chatter or lost in the future with the what if’s. they knew the importants of reprogramming the ego, most people beleave that the ego is the enemy .but really it is your best friend, its job is to order the experiences from your source when your not in the present steering your ship. your source does not judge it sends you the experiences you request. you can only change your present by being present doing this for long enough will reprogram your ego with the experiences that you seek. how do you stay with in the present ? find the things you appreciate and enjoy them. love has many levels and at its core is appreciation, love is transient by nature and it can only be experienced a new within the now moment. appreciation joy love happiness wonder excitement curiosity fearlessness peace, all can only found with in the present . looking into the memorys is for seeing how to avoid danger and seeing the success of what ever it was .looking into the future imaginations is so you can dream an formulate plans that your source can then start sending the experiences you seek. that is the law of intention. the law of para-doxal intent says ,if you hold onto or want something badly an cant let it go, it haunts you possess you so to speak. stops the law of attraction from manifesting the experience that you desire from manifesting because you or your intent is saying i am doing this so your source sends you more of the same type of experiences . eg buddha didnt become enlightened well he was sitting under his tree meditating . it only happened when he stopped building the intent an let it go.this allowed the law of attraction to manifest what he was seeking. energy is the currency of the universe, wizards know this. peace

  10. David Says:

    Hi Brent,
    Thanks for your insights. Myself, I don’t follow gurus, scriptures or what someone else says is the truth. The occult path is to discover the secret way through personal experience. Instead of blindly following what other people say, I’ll find my own way. It might be right, it might be wrong, but our own experiences are all we have to go on. We have no choice but to depend on our judgment in discerning “scriptures” and what “teachers” have to say. Most people are not capable of that…they simple follow what they are told. The way of the Magician is essentially thinking for yourself and not being a blind follower. That is occultism!

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